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FORTitude Teen Mental Wellness Series


Grounded in evidence-led practices in Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, Mindful Self-Compassion and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), this six-week series helps teens:

  • Develop self-awareness

  • Gain a better understanding of their emotions

  • Implement personalized coping skills for managing life’s challenges

  • Foster connectedness among teen participants and the workshop facilitator

  • Be a part of a safe, trusting environment

Every workshop includes Interactive discussions, activities, games, and mindful moments.

The Teen Workshop for Middle School Students is for ages 11-14 (grades 6-8).

Middle School Students Series

Wednesdays, 6:30 - 8 PM

October 11 - November 15

at Fusion Academy Loudoun - 19300 Promenade Dr Suite 200, Leesburg 20176

Middle School Students Series

Tuesdays, 6 - 7:30 PM

October 24 - December 12*

at Crossroads, 43454 Crossroads Dr, Ashburn 20147

*Please note that we will be skipping the weeks of October 31st and November 21st due to Halloween and Thanksgiving.

The Ryan Bartel Foundation is not affiliated with Crossroads United Methodist Church. The content of FORTitude Teen Workshops program is not affiliated with nor directed by any religious denomination. The Crossroads congregation have generously provided the space to hold the workshop sessions for which we are grateful.

Workshop themes:​

Session 1: Creating Community

Session 2: Exploring Identity

Session 3: Finding Acceptance

Session 4: Defining Healthy Relationships

Session 5: Improving Communication 

Session 6: Learning To Thrive

Space is limited to ensure that each participant is given the opportunity to engage with the leaders and other participants in a meaningful, mindful way.  All workshops are interactive so registrants must attend ready to participate.

Also available for teens, check out our

FORTitude Teen Hangout and our monthly FORT

Workshop Facilitators

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Alex Williams, MSW

Alex Williams serves as the Clinical Outreach Specialist at Anxiety Institute, a clinical research center specializing in acute anxiety disorders that uses advanced, proven techniques while nurturing the patient in their local home environment. She has a passion for making sure everyone has access to the care they need, no matter what their situation. Outside of work, you can catch Alex whipping up recipes at home, exploring new cuisines, or escaping to the mountains to reconnect with nature.


Jennifer Montes, Program Manager, MSW

Jennifer is originally from Herndon, Virginia. She attended Virginia Commonwealth University, where she got her Bachelor of Social Work (B.S.W.). During her undergrad, she worked with the disability community, HUD-subsidized housing communities, and non-profit work in the mental health sector. After being exposed to the inequalities, injustices, and unjust barriers those individuals faced, she went on to get her Masters of Social Work (M.S.W.) with a concentration in administration, planning, and policy practice. She wanted to use her passion of empowering individuals but also saw a great need for systemic change in the world. She joined the Ryan Bartel Foundation because she became passionate about mental health due to her lived experiences. She also realized how mental health affects all aspects of someones life, yet it has been one of the most neglected subjects for centuries. Jennifer said, “change is not an easy nor a fast process. Before advocating for our needs, we must address our own biases instilled in us our entire lives. Non-profit work is not a quick fix but a crucial part in the equation for systemic change.”


Tori Klier

Tori Klier is the Marketing and Community Outreach at Potomac River Running. Previously she was a Loudoun County Public Schools 4th grade teacher. She has been working with students for 13 years in a variety of settings including summer camps, classrooms, tutoring, and mentoring. Tori graduated from James Madison University as an undergrad in 2017 with a degree in Interdisciplinary Liberal Studies with a concentration in Humanities, Social Sciences, and Mathematics. She also earned an Honors Emphasis in Creativity and a minor in Special Education. In 2019, she earned her Master's in Elementary Education also from James Madison University while engaging in the Harrisonburg community as a tutor and mentor for Tanzanian refugee children.

Tori has managed her own anxiety and depression since high school using mindfulness and lifestyle practices. She hopes to be able to share her story with others to inspire them to take positive steps in their life. During her time as a teacher, Tori implemented a new social-emotional learning curriculum in her classroom focusing on emotion management, mindfulness, problem-solving, and strategies for success. Tori enjoys being active and staying outside as a runner and a hiker. Tori also loves spending time painting, reading, and playing with her dog, Juno.  

Enjoy this mindful moment from our Teen Workshops!

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